Project Description

CARL WEATHERS

Friday — Sunday

Carl Weathers was born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana. A famous and successful football star at San Diego State, he played with the Oakland Raiders and retired from the sport in 1974, in order to give full attention to his goal: to be a real actor. Weathers first played small parts in two blaxploitation flicks, Friday Foster (1975) where he played Yarbro, and Bucktown (1975) as Hambone, both made in 1975 and directed by Arthur Marks. However, his big break came the following year when producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff chose him to play Apollo Creed in the blockbuster “sleeper” Rocky (1976) (real-life boxing legend Ken Norton was originally signed for the part, but it eventually went to Weathers). He went on to play Creed in three other Rocky movies, and the characters’ adversarial relationship eventually evolved into a warm friendship. After Creed’s death in Rocky IV (1985), Weathers met with producer Joel Silver and agreed to play an important supporting role in Predator (1987), an action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 1996, he played the part of Chubbs Peterson in the blockbuster Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore (1996). He returned to his action roots in two TV movies with Hulk Hogan: Assault on Devil’s Island (1997) and Assault on Death Mountain (1999). Weathers can be seen in Disney’s Star Wars: The Mandalorian where he plays Greef Karga